- Return to campus plan
- Safe health practices in response to the coronavirus pandemic
- Campus planning for COVID-19 positive testing results
- Tech answers the COVID-19 challenge
- CARES Act
- UPDATED State Travel Guidelines
- Travel Guidance from ULS
- COVID-19 ULS Directives
- Guidance from Louisiana Department of Health
- Online instruction considerations
- Guide for Teleworking
Dear campus community,
Good Friday morning! We’ve just about crossed another week of online classes off the calendar. I hope you can find some time to relax Saturday and Sunday. The forecast looks like we might have rain, but try to enjoy the sun when it comes out.
Yesterday, we notified campus that we had been made aware that one of our students who resided off campus has tested positive for COVID-19. This student has not attended in-person class on the Louisiana Tech campus since March 13. At this time, we are working with state and local health officials to take appropriate steps including communicating with the individuals who may have been in contact with this student.
Please understand that – in order to protect the privacy of this student – health officials will only be in contact with the individuals who may have been in contact with them. We are not able to share personal information about this student. Our thoughts and best wishes are with this student. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is always our primary concern.
We have been anticipating that some of our Tech community would eventually be tested positive with COVID-19. In Governor Edwards’ daily briefings, he has been saying for some time that the novel coronavirus is in every parish, every community, even if positive tests have not been made. That is why it is so important that we keep the social distancing and stay at home as much as possible. The more that we can all adhere to that directive, the more quickly we can get over the hump.
Reflections on Community
Yesterday, I also took the time to listen to the new Louisiana Tech University podcast, Beyond 1894. This episode is an interview with School of Design Director Karl Puljak, who talked about a number of topics including Ruston, design, and community partnerships. Thanks to Amy Bell, Teddy Allen, Tonya Smith and others for producing this wonderful series.
One of the things that struck me while listening to Karl talk about our city and University is the power of place to help create a community. He related this power to several places in our parish, including MedCamps in Choudrant.
Each year, Architecture students design and construct a major project to address facility needs and enhance the experience for campers at MedCamps. Through these architecture projects, the campers, who have mental and physical disabilities, are able to participate more fully in the shared community – the family – that a camp experience can create.
While listening, it struck me how much Louisiana Tech University as a place shapes our community. We all love the pleasant walks and noble trees, and they are an integral part of the experience that is Louisiana Tech. However, the physical space – the buildings and dorms and classrooms – are not the sole container for our community.
Our community – the Tech Family – is so much larger than our physical space. It is the values we share, the opportunities we have, and the challenges we face.
The challenge we are facing now has certainly impacted our community, but it doesn’t define us. And when we are able to be together, our community will be stronger. I believe it, and I hope you do, too.
Now, I just have a few short updates for you all today.
The Career Center has launched a new webpage designed to help students and alumni in their job and internship searches during this challenging time. The page lists links and resources that will help you navigate finding a job during the COVID-19 crisis. I encourage you to take a look. There are companies and agencies that are looking to hire!
The Good Nutrition Mission Food Pantry in Carson Taylor Hall is still providing assistance for students. They are making a change in their hours next week. Please stop by from noon to 2 p.m. Monday through Wednesday of next week if you need staples to help you with your nutritional needs.
Students, please reach out if you have any challenges that you feel are too difficult for you to manage. Reach out to your friends, advisors, professors, our counseling center, or others. If you don’t know where to go, reach out to me and I’ll connect you to someone who can help.
Once again, I hope you all have a great weekend. We’ll see our community virtually for now, and in person later. I look forward to that time.